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ANNUAL REPORT 




WILLIAMSBURG 

MASSACHUSETTS 

1954 



INDEX 



Town Officers 3 

Selectmen 5 

Warrant 7 

Finance Committee 12 

Budget Recommendations 14 

Town Clerk 20 

Tax Collector 25 

Treasurer 27 

Town Accountant 28 

Assessor 48 

Water Commissioners 50 

Tree Warden 52 

Library 54 

Board of Health 55 

Police Department 56 

Fire Department 58 

Visiting Nurse 60 

School Department 63 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

TOWN OFFICERS 

OF THE 

Town of Williamsburg 

FOR THE 

YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1954 



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ANNA E. WATSON 

This town report would not be complete if ive failed 
to include an expression of our deep gratitude to Miss 
Watson 9 who is completing 30 years of incomparable 
service to the Town of Williamsburg. 

Her ability as treasurer is recognized and commended, 
most highly by the Mass. Division of Accounts, the Audi- 
tors and everyone who has any knowledge of her work. 

We sincerely hope she will be able to continue to serve 
us for many years to come. 



Aiticlfc 28>. To, set if thc,,lvwn will, vote to raise and aoDropriatc ~ht 
sums 6T ' $6j 0. 00 for Moth Work and $1,200.00 for Elm Trees, ium to be 
expended if necessary under the direction »f the Moth Superintendent 
or take any other action thereon. 

Article 29 . To see if the Tovm will vote to empower the Water Comm- 
issioners and Board of Selectmen to appoint their members to other 
positions. 

Article 30 - To see if the Town will vote to transfer and appropriate 
from available funds, the sum of $25,000.00 to pay the School Bonds V\l 
due in 1955. The State's share of this money to be returned to a- 
vailable funds when received from the State, or take any other action 

thereon. - (JVw< _ j=i ^___j!_ ■ v/ ^ < -^~~~ J! ~ 

Article 31 . To seef if the Tovm will; vote to transfer and appropriate 
£1,630.00 from the ! Collins Fund and' $1 , 800. 00 from the Spelman Fund 
to pay the interest due in 1955 on the School Bonds and instruct the 
Assessors to use this $3,430.00 as estimated receipts in figuring the 
tax rate, or take any other action thereon. 

Article 32 . To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the 
sum of $300.00 to install two culverts and provide 60 yards of gravel 
for the Old Goshen Road, or take any other action thereon. 

Article 33 . To see if the Town will vote to transfer to Surplus Reven- 
ue from the former School Building Committee, the sum of $392. 24 

Article 34 . To see if the Tovm will vote to transfer and appropriate 
from available funds, the sum of $1,400.00 for the rent of a power 
grader, or take any other action thereon. 

Article 35 . To see if the Town will vote to instruct the Board of 
Assessors to use from Free Cash, the sum of $10,000.00 to reduce taxa- 
tion. 

Article 36 . To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the Water V\3^ 
Department Tool Building account, the sum of 33,077.79 to Water Avail- 
able Surplus Account, or take any other action thereon. _^ >s ^^ x ^^^^^ 

Article 37 . To see if the Town will vote to transfer fromjthe Water 
Surplus Account, the sum of $550.00, the F inance R egerv^-^und, this ^tf^ 
being money transferred in 1954 to meet emergency, or take any other 
action thereon. 

Article 38 . To see if the Town will raise and appropriate , the sura of 
jlOO.OO to provide a heater, table and chairs for the Observation Post, 
or take any other action thereon. 

Article 39 . To see if the Town will raise and appropriate, the sum of 
$100.00 to provide heat and light for the Observation Post, or take any 
other action thereon. 

Arti cle 40 . To see if the Town will vote to put in a 6 inch water main 
on Eastern Avenue or take any other action thereon. 

Article 4 l. To see if the Town will vote to pay Milton Rice the sum -of 
1500.00 for land damages on Ashfield Road, or take any other action 
there on. 

Article 42. To see if the Tow will approve the plans of the Town Hall 
Restoration Committee and to appropriate a sum not to exceed $17 , 000. 00] 
i2,C0O.OO to be taken from free cash, \15 ,00. 00 to be paid over a 
'period of 5 years by means of a bond issue under the Acts of 1948, 
Chapter 275 and that a ooramittee of 5 be appointed by the Moderator to 
see that this project ig o on pi e ted vl fchiw one year or take any other 
anfior. thf-reon. 



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Town Officers 



As of Dec. 31, 1954 

Term 
Expires 



Selectmen : 

Donald S. Outhuse, Chairman 1956 

Walter E. Kellogg, Jr., Clerk 1955 

Frank Paul 1957 

Town Clerk : 

Charles W. Wells 1955 

Town Treasurer : 

Miss Anna E. Watson 1955 

Assessors : 

Vernon P. West 1956 

Jos. Dymerski 1957 

Edwin Breckenridge, Chairman 1955 

Tax Collector : 

Barbara W. Swanda 1955 

Elector, Oliver Smith Will : 

Richard F. Watling 1955 

School Committee : 

Eleanor Mansfield 1955 

Eleanor Ballway 1956 

Kenneth Sherk 1956 

Norman Graves 1955 

Stanley Soltys 1956 



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Constables : 

Charles Cross 1955 

Vardic Golash 1955 

Board of Health : 

Dr. Joseph R. Hobbs 1955 

Mrs. Margaret Nelson, Chairman 1956 

Bernard Reardon 1957 

Water Commissioners : 

Robert Wells 1957 

David Dewey 1955 

Ralph Mason, Jr. 1957 

Tree Warden : 

David Dewey 1955 

Trustees of Haydenville Library : 

Mrs. Lula Smith 1956 

Miss Lora Phinney 1957 

Mrs. Maude E. Sanderson 1955 

Trust Fund Commissioners : 

Arthur J. Polmatier 1955 

Roswell S. Jorgenson 1957 

Frederick Smith 1956 

Recreation Committee : 

Kenneth Beals 1955 

Barbara Hathaway 1957 

Richard Graves, Chairman 1956 

Moderator : 

John H. Breguet 1955 



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Selectmen's Report 



The Selectmen met and organized February 18, 1954 
as follows: Donald Outhuse, chairman; Walter E. Kel- 
logg, Jr., clerk and Veterans' Agent, and Frank Paul, 
chairman of the Board of Welfare. % 

Fifty-two regular meetings were held during the year. 

There were two special town meetings held during the 
year. The November meeting lacked a quorum and no 
business was transacted. 

Chapter 90 construction was completed on Mountain 
Street and rest of Ashfield Road. 

Chapter 90 Special Grant on Route 143 (Chesterfield 
Road) was not completed. 

Chapter 81 work was done on Nash Street. 

Due to the serious infestation of Gypsy Moth, most 
of the town was sprayed with aerial spraying. This 
was done in cooperation with the state with excellent re- 
sults. 

Sanding of the roads was let out to contract again this 
year. Trucks were hired to help on construction work, 
this being a saving to the town. 

The windows have been installed in the Town Hall. 
The contract to paint the outside has been let, the work 
to be done as soon as possible in the spring. 

We wish to sincerely thank the other town officers, 
committees and townspeople for their cooperation and 
support during the past year. 



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We recommend the purchase of a power grader for use 
on our roads. It is nearly impossible, with present equip- 
ment, to keep our roads in acceptable condition. We be- 
lieve this machine would more than pay for itself if pur- 
chased on a rental plan. 

During the year we were saddened by the death of 
Howard Baker, our town accountant for so many years. 
He was always ready to help us with his advice and 
council and gave us many hours of his own time. We 
were very fortunate in obtaining Warren McAvoy to fill 
this very important position. His work so far more than 
justifies his appointment, 

DONALD S. OUTHUSE 
WALTER E. KELLOGG, JR. 
FRANK PAUL 



Articles from the Town Warrant 



Article 1. To elect a Moderator for one year. To 
elect one Selectman for a term of three years, who shall 
be an Overseer of Public Welfare. To elect one Town 
Clerk, one Treasurer, two Constables, one Elector under 
the will of the late Oliver Smith, Esq., one Tree Warden, 
all for a term of one year. To elect two School Commit- 
teemen, one for three years and one for two years, one 
Trust Fund Commissioner, one Library Trustee, one 
Assessor, one member of the Board of Health and one 
Recreation Commissioner, one Tax Collector, all for a 
term of three years. Three Water Commissioners, one 
for one year, one for two years and one for three years. 

Article 2. To choose all necessary minor Town Offi- 
cers for the ensuing year. 

Article 3. To see if the Town will vote to authorize 
the Town Treasurer with the approval of the Selectmen, 
to borrow money from time to time in anticipation of 
the revenue of the financial year beginning January 1, 
1955, and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable with- 
in one year and to renew any note or notes as may be 
given for a period of less than one year, in accordance 
with Section 17, Chapter 44 of the General Laws. 

Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate such sums of money as shall be deemed 
necessary to defray the expenses of the current year. 

Article 5. To hear the report of the Selectmen, 
Treasurer, Town Clerk, Tax Collector, Assessors, School 
Committee, Water Commissioners, and other Committees 
and act thereon. 



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Article 6. To choose a committee to expend the in- 
come from the Whiting Street Fund. 

Article 7. To see if the Town will vote to authorize 
the Selectmen to cooperate with the County and State 
under the provisions of Chapter 90 of the General Laws, 
for construction, and to vote to appropriate the sum of 
$2,500.00, the Town's share of the expense, and to vote 
to appropriate the sum of $7,500.00, the County and 
State's share of the expense and in anticipation of re- 
imbursement from the County and State under the pro- 
visions of the Chapter, the Town's share to be raised by 
taxation and County and State's share to be taken from 
the Surplus Revenue Account and returned to the Sur- 
plus Revenue Account when received from the County 
and State, or take any other action thereon. 

Article 8. To see if the Town will vote to authorize 
the Selectmen to cooperate with the County and State 
under the provisions of Chapter 90 of the General Laws, 
for maintenance, and to vote to appropriate the sum of 
$1,000.00, the Town's share of the expense, and to vote 
to appropriate the sum of $2,000.00, the County and 
State's share of the expense, and in anticipation of re- 
imbursement from the County and State under the pro- 
visions of this Chapter, the Town's share to be raised by 
taxation and the County and State's share to be taken 
from the Surplus Revenue Account when received from 
the County and State, or take any other action thereon. 

Article 9. To see if the Town will vote to authorize 
the Selectmen to cooperate with the State under the pro- 
visions of Chapter 81 of the General Laws and to raise 
and appropriate the sum of $3,150.00, the Town's share 
of the expense, and to vote to appropriate the State's 
share of the expense, and in anticipation of reimburse- 
ment under this Chapter, such sums to be taken from the 
Surplus Revenue Account, the State's share to be re- 
turned to the Surplus Revenue Account when received 
from the State, or take any other action thereon. 



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Article 10. To see if the Town will vote to fix the 
salary and compensation of all elected officers of the town 
as provided in Section 108, Chapter 41, General Laws, as 
amended. 

Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $605.57 to be paid to the Treas- 
urer-Custodian of the Hampshire County Retirement 
System to be credited to the funds thereof. 

Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to transfer 
and appropriate the balance of $6,904.14 in the Road 
Machinery Earnings Account of 1954 to the Road Ma- 
chinery Account of 1955. 

Article 13. To see if the Town will vote to authorize 
the Selectmen to appoint a Town Secretary to serve from 
March 1, 1955 to February 28, 1956, who shall maintain 
an office, open to the public, in such place and during 
such hours as may be judged most convenient and prac- 
tical; such Town Secretary to be available for a mini- 
mum of twenty hours per week throughout the year, ex- 
cept for such periods of vacation or leave as may be 
agreed upon; that the Town raise and appropriate the 
sum of $1,500.00 from which to pay this Secretary, main- 
tenance costs for which shall be provided from the main- 
tenance appropriations allotted to the various depart- 
ments for which the Secretary acts: that the duties of 
such Secretary shall be those set by the Selectmen and 
the Chairmen of the departments of government for 
which service is performed, or take any other action 
thereon. 

Article 14. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $1,200.00 to help defray the ex- 
penses of a Public Health Nurse, or take any other action 
thereon. 

Article 15. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $900.00 to complete the addition 



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to the Williamsburg Fire Station, or take any other 
action thereon. 

Article 16. To see if the Town will vote to hear a 
*9 report of the special committee appointed by the mod- 
erator as per Article #4 on the warrant of the special 
town meeting held on July 8, 1954, to bring in plans and 
recommendations on the Haydenville Fire Station; 
and/or take any other action thereon. 

Article 17. To see if the Town will vote to transfer 
from overlay surplus reserve the sum of $4,000.00 to 
reserve account under jurisdiction of the Finance Com- 
mittee to meet unexpected or emergency needs of the 
Town Departments, or take any other action thereon. 

Article 18. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $700.00 to pay Carl King for land 
damage caused by Chapter 90 road improvement, or take 
any other action thereon. 

Article 19. To see if the Town will vote to transfer 
and appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$4,500.00 for work on Chesterfield Road. Said $4,500.00 
to be returned to available funds when received from the 
State. 

Article 20. To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $15.00 to erect a sign "Children 
Playing" near the ball field on Fairfield Avenue. 

Article 21. To see if the Town will vote to transfer 
^and appropriate the sum of $500.00 from the Water 
Surplus Account to pay the note which is due in 1955 on 
the South Street Water Extension, or take any other 
action thereon. 

Article 22. To see if the Town will vote to transfer 
and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 from the Water 
Surplus Account to pay the note which is due in 1955 on 
the Additional Water Supply Loan, or take any other 
action thereon. 



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Article 23. To see if the Town will vote to transfer 
and appropriate the sum of $450.00 from the Water Sur- ju^^ 
plus Account to pay the interest on the Additional Water 
Supply Loan, which is due in 1955, or take any other 
action thereon. 

Article 24. To see if the Town will vote to transfer 
and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 from the Water \A/ 
Surplus Account to pay the note which is due in 1955 on / * 
the Water Extension to the Hampshire County Sana- \ 
torium, or take any other action thereon. 

Article 25. To see if the^ Town will transfer and 
appropriate the sum of $137.50 from the Water Surplus 
Account to pay the interest which is due in 1955 on the 
Hampshire County Sanatorium Water Extension, or take 
any other action thereon. 

Article 26. To see if the Town will vote to hear Mr. 
Gordon B. Ainsworth, Registered Land Surveyor, give 
a short report on the tax map he is preparing. 



Article 27. To see if the Town will authorize the re- 
valuation committee to negotiate and receive bids (gnd 
?ontra cj>for appraisal of the town, saidcgontrac^i^be-^b- 
submitted for approval and appropriation at a later 
meeting, or take any other action thereon. 



Report of Finance Committee 



The Finance Committee refers you to the Town 
Accountant's report wherein is listed those transfers 
made by the Finance Committee from Reserve fund for 
year of 1954. The reason for the action was to meet 
unforeseen and emergency needs of various depart- 
ments which occurred during the year. 

Your Finance Committee would remind all depart- 
ments that they are required to live within their appro- 
priations as voted by Town meetings. 

We also wish to call the attention to all Departments 
that they should notify Finance Committee of any finan- 
cial emergency when it arises and not wait until the end 
of the year. 

The Finance Committee has met with all departments 
and have discussed ways and means of keeping Budget 
Request in line with the ability of people to pay. 

All articles in the Warrant calling for appropriations 
have been acted upon and will be reported at Town Meet- 
ing. 

The Committee have given careful consideration to 
our tax rate and have acted to the best of their ability 
to keep appropriations within proper limits, but also have 
given consideration to determine that each department 
will function properly during the year of 1955. 

Your attention is called to the serious financial condi- 
tion of the Water Department and urge the Water Com- 



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missioners to take concerted action to clean this matter 
up as soon as possible. 



Respectfully submitted, 

LEWIS BLACK 
MARTIN DUNPHY 
MRS. VIOLA FRASER 
MRS. JOSEPH HOBBS 
JOHN JONES 
ROY LEONARD 
MRS. CARL RUSTEMEYER 
WINFIELD SMITH 
LEONARD WALPOLE 



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Budget Requests and 
Recommendations, 1955 



Moderator 



Salary- 


1954 
Approp. 
$25.00 


1954 
Expended 
$25-00 


1955 
Request 
$25.00 


1955 
Recm. 
$25.00 


Finance 
Reserve 
Maintenance 


4,000.00 
35.00 


4,000.00 
25.00 


4,000.00 
40.00 


4,000.00 
40.00- 




$4,035.00 


$4,025.00 


$4,040.00 


$4,040.00 


Selectmen 










Salaries, chairman 
member 
member 

Maintenance 

Advertising Notices 


$300.00 
150.00 
150.00 
300.00 


$300.00 
150.00 
150.00 
299.98 


$300.00 
150.00 
150.00 
300.00 
50.00 


$300.00 
150.00 
150.00 
300.00 
50.00 




$900.00 


$899.98 


$950.00 


$95000 


Treasurer 










Salary 

Maintenance 

Tax Title Account 


$600.00 
300.00 


$600.00 
265.63 


$900.00 
350.00 
75.00 


$900.00 
350.00 
75.00 




$900.00 


$865.63 


$1,325.00 


$1,325-00 


Elector, Oliver Smith Will 
Accountant 


$10.00 


$10.00 


$10.00 


$10.00 


Salary 
Maintenance 
New Equipment 


$500.00 
100.00 


$500.00 
107.28 


$750-00 
100.00 
100.00 


$750.00 
100.00 
100.00 




$600.00 


$607.28 


$950.00 


$950.00 



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Assessors 

Salaries 
Maintenance 



$550.00 
250-00 



$550.00 
249.50 



$550.00 
250.00 



$550.00 
250.00 



Town Clerk 

Salary 
Maintenance 

Elections and Registrations 



$800.00 $799.50 $800.00 $800.00 



$200.00 
300.00 
400.00 



$200.00 
301.03 
666-50 



$300.00 
352.50 
335.00 



$300.00 
352.50 
335.00 



$900.00 $1,167.53 $987.50 $987.50 



Tax Collector 

Salary 
Maintenance 



$600.00 
475.00 



$600.00 
475.00 



$600.00 
475.00 



$600.00 
475.00 



$1,075.00 $1,075.00 $1,075.00 $1,075.00 



General Government 



Town Hall 


$2,000.00 


$942.07 


$750.00 


$750.00 


Town Shed 


150.00 


108.27 


150.00 


150.00 


Legal Consultation 


250.00 


225.00 


250.00 


250.00 


Sealer, Weights & Measures 100.00 


100.00 


100.00 


100.00 


Tree Warden 


800.00 


782.26 


500.00 


500.00 


Town Clocks 


125.00 


102-19 


125.00 


125.00 


Town Reports 


350.00 


343.90 


350.00 


350.00 


Memorial Day 


150.00 


150.00 


150.00 


150.00 


Wood Lot 


10-00 


7.95 


10.00 


10.00 


Census 






250.00 


250.00 


Gypsy Moth 


642.40 


72.53 






Dutch Elm Disease 


321.20 


303-39 








$4,898.60 


$3,137.56 


$2,635.00 


$2,635.00 


ecreation Committee 










Athletic Field 


$400.00 


$394.31 


$500-00 


$500.00 


Recreation and Equipment 


200.00 


99.50 


100.00 


100.00 




$600.00 


$493.81 


$600.00 


$600-00 



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Police 



Salaries 


$200.00 


$200.00 


$200.00 


$200.00 


Telephones and mileage 


100.00 


107-65 


100.00 


100.00 


Special Police 


150.00 


141.00 


100.00 


100.00 


jiiqui pment 






1 AH AA 


1 AA AA 


Patrolling 


1,400.00 


1,347.79 


1,400.00 


1 400 00 




$1,850.00 


$1,796.44 


$1,900.00 


$1,900.00 


t ire Department 










Salaries, chief 


$200-00 


$200.00 


$200.00 


$200.00 


deputy chief 


150.00 


150.00 


150.00 


150.00 


40 firefighters 


80.00 


76.00 


80.00 


80.00 


Telephone and lights 


350.00 


591.28 


720.00 


720.00 


Insurance 


165.00 


148.78 


155.00 


155.00 


Labor at Fires 


1,500.00 


728.26 


1,000.00 


1,000.00 


Fuel 


550.00 


486.37 


400.00 


400.00 


Equipment Maintenance 


505.00 


1,034.89 


750.00 


750.00 


TrfliniTiP" 


500 00 


593 59 


300 00 


300.00 


New Equipment 


1,000.00 


1,509-71 


940.00 


940.00 


Water Holes 


200.00 


50.25 


100.00 


100.00 


Building Maintenance 


OA A A A 

300.00 


361.61 


n A ET A A 

705.00 


r- A CT AA 

i Oo.OO 




$5,500-00 


$5,930.74 


$5,500.00 


$5,500.00 


Highways 










Chapter 81 


$4,100.00 


$4,100.03 


$3,150.00 


$3,150.00 


General and winter 


9,000.00 


8,860.22 


9,000.00 


9,000.00 


Bridp"ps 


1 000 00 


993-75 


1,000.00 


1,000.00 


Sidewalk repair 






100.00 


100.00 


Chapter 90 construction 


o kaa nn 


9 KAA A9 


9 £AA AA 


9 sftrt AA 


Chapter 90 maintenance 


1,000.00 


1,000.04 


1,000.00 


1,000.00 


Tools 


200.00 


181.59 


200.00 


200-00 


Street lights 


3,100.00 


3,056.87 


3,120.00 


3,120.00 




$20,900.00 


$20,692.52 


$20,070-00 


$20,070.00 


Board of Health 










Public Health 










(Sanatorium) 


$1,800.00 


$628.62 


$1,200.00 


$1,200.00 


Barn and animal inspector 60.00 


45.00 


60.00 


60-00 


Salary of chairman 


100.00 


100.00 


100.00 


100.00 


Dairy inspector 


75.00 




75.00 


75.00 


Slaughter inspector 


125.00 


26.00 


125.00 


120.00 



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Haydenville dump rental 


9nn no 


900 OO 


900 OO 


900 OO 


Rubbish collection 


Ann on 


,419 e;o 


£00 oo 


cnft no 


Well child clinic 


300.00 


9Q1 1 9 


QOO OO 


qoo on 


Town dump caretaker and 










maintenance 


1,385.00 


617.90 


520.00 


520.00 


Town dump maintenance 






300.00 


300.00 


Public health administration 165.00 


77-42 


100.00 


100.00 




2 800 00 


2,800.00 


1,800.00 


1,800.00 




$7,610.00 


$5 198 56 


$5 280 00 


$5 280 00 


later Department 










Salaries, caretaker and 










SUDT)1 V 


$100.00 


<ei oo oo 


<£1 PiO OO 


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Collector of water rents 


150.00 


1 Kf\ oo 






Caretaker, water shed 


100.00 


1 oo oo 






Caretaker, chlorinator 


100.00 


1 oo oo 


1 OO OO 


1 nn nn 


Pipe line maintenance 


3,000.00 


Q Q1 A AO 


/f ooo OO 


yi nnn nn 


Water shed 


500.00 


605-06 


500.00 


500.00 


Chlorinator maintenance 


700.00 


659.63 


300-00 


300.00 


Well maintenance and 










pump costs 


1,000.00 


1,094.52 


700.00 


700.00 


Administration 


100-00 


140.99 


100.00 


100.00 




$5,750.00 


$6,264.69 


$5,850.00 


$5,850.00 



Public Welfare 



$41,359.43 $39,741.38 $38,700.00 $38,700.00 



Veterans' Service 



Benefits $1,300.00 $699.70 $1,300.00 $1,300.00 

Agent's salary 300-00 300.00 300.00 300.00 

Maintenance 150.00 149.70 150.00 150.00 



General Aid $3,000.00 $1,381.95 $3,000.00 $3,000.00 

Maintenance 200.00 200-00 200.00 200.00 

Old Age Assistance 24,000.00 24,000-00 22,000.00 22,000.00 

Aid to Dependent Children 7,500.00 7,500.00 7,500.00 7,500.00 XJ 

Agent's salary 1,659.43 1,659.43 1,000.00 1,000.00 

Disability Assistance 5,000.00 5,000.00 5,000.00 5,000.00 



$1,750.00 $1,149.40 $1,750.00 $1,750.00 



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Cemeteries 

Mountain Street $75.00 $75.00 $75.00 $75-00 

Old Village Hill 75.00 61.00 75.00 75.00 



$150.00 $136.00 $150.00 $150.00 

Library $400.00 $338-52 $400.00 $400.00 

Interest on revenue $200.00 $130.63 $200.00 $200.00 ^0-^ 

Workmen's Compensation 1,200.00 1,000.82 1,200.00 1,200.00 



$101,413.03 $95,485.99 $94,397.50 $94,397.50 



chools 






d»0 A A A A 

$240.00 


0»O A A A A 

$240.00 


Teachers' salaries 


$65,483.21 


$65,318.50 


$77,523-30 


$77,523.30 


Special class under Law 514 




1,200-00 


1,200.00 


Janitors' salaries 


5,200.00 


5,237.38 


7,100.00 


7,100.00 


Janitors' supplies 


900-00 


583.67 


1,100.00 


1,100.00 


Drawing supervisor 


685.55 


584.00 


630.00 


630.00 


Music teacher 


1,142.22 


1,149.84 


1,420.00 


1,420.00 


Superintendent's salary- 


2,700.00 


2,700-00 


2,700.00 


2,700.00 


Penmanship 


480.00 


480.00 


480.00 


480.00 


Secretary's salary 


1,200.00 


1,365.90 


1,800.00 


1,800.00 


Union expense 


225-00 


168.59 


225.00 


225.00 


School nurse and 










travel expense 


685.00 


649.00 


685.00 


685.00 


Physicians' salaries 


400.00 


400.00 


400.00 


400.00 


Transportation 


6,670.00 


7,240-50 


7,500.00 


7,500.00 


Fuel 


2,200.00 


2,247.91 


2,600.00 


2,600.00 


Repairs plus 










rehab. $1,355.65 


3,100.00 


1,735.56 


2,400-00 


2,400.00 


Sundries 


450.00 


433.00 


450.00 


450.00 


Books high, $139.73 










grades $2,038-03 


1,500.00 


2,177.76 


2,000.00 


2,000.00 


Classroom supplies 


1,200.00 


1,483.56 


1,500.00 


1,500.00 


Office supplies 


250.00 


226.44 


350.00 


350.00 


Athletics and 










Transportation 


1,112.65 


876-50 


773.75 


773.75 


Smith's School Tuition 


4,375.00 


5,095.42 


9,200.00 


9,200.00 


Smith's School 










Transportation 


1,250.00 


1,009.00 


1,600.00 


1,600.00 


New Equipment 










plus $145.00 funds 










plus $1,952.49 rehab- 


2,170.00 


115.92 


1,200.00 


1,200.00 


Insurance 


1,000.00 


1,218.00 


1,670.20 


1,670.20 



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Salaries of 

committee members 350.00 350.00 275.00 275.00 

Lights 850.00 917.73 1,300.00 1,300.00 

Cafeteria 3,000.00 3,000.00 



$105,578.63 $103,76418 $131,322.25 $131,322.25 
101,413.03 95,485.99 94,397.50 94,397.50 

105,618.65 
Less 5% 5,281.65 

100,337.00 100,337.00 

1955 estimated income on account of schools $39,675.58 

Total $206,991.66 $199,250.17 $225,719.75 $225,719.75 



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Town Clerk's Report 



DOGS 

There were 272 dog licenses issued in 1954, as follows : 
166 males, 19 females, 87 spayed females. Six kennel 
licenses were issued. The sum of $605.40 was paid to 
the Town treasurer. 

FISH AND GAME 

There were 551 sporting licenses issued in 1954 for 
which the sum of $1,842.50 was returned to the Division 

of Fisheries and Game. 

BIRTHS 

A total of 48 births were recorded in 1954, including 
11 which occurred in 1953 and on which records were re- 
ceived in 1954. 

1953 

Oct. 8 Mark Duane Harry 

16 Mark Kevin Wilson 

27 Jean Agnes Clark 

Nov. 7 Joan Ann Bohmer 

15 Denice Morin 

18 Mary Louise Newell 

20 Maureen Moynahan 

Dec. 3 Henry Thayer Chapin, Jr. 

12 Natalie Joyce West 
23 Jo Ann Neill 

1954 

Jan. 2 Donald Ladd Otis 

8 Robert Ernest Turner 

13 Peter Robert Ball 

15 George Arthur Childs 



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1 Amanda Gail Emerson 
8 Susan Irene Ingellis 

20 Wayne Giles Roberge 

20 Charles Wilbur Asher, Jr. 

2 John Roger McCutcheon 
10 Thomas John Ferron 
12 Michael Anthony Dufresne 

1 Brian Robert Pichette 

4 Miriam Adella Graves 

10 Herbert Luther Childs 
15 Robert Samuel Edwards 

8 Steven Francis Dostie 

19 Susan Mary LaCourse 

28 Philip Stanley Graves 

11 Stanley David Kajka 
17 David Brian Adair 

20 Alan John Baldwin 

26 Colleen Frances Demerski 

11 Patrice Elaine Brown 

6 (Female) Paradee 

19 Gilda Lee Rustemeyer 

19 Carlotta Jane Rustemeyer 

21 David Arthur Jenkins 

27 John Byron Lunsford 

Sept. 6 Patricia Jo Doyle 

17 Noreen Reardon 

30 Elizabeth P. Papageorge 

Oct. 22 Ronald William Matuewezski 

24 Richard Alan Martin 

25 Corinne Michelle Poulin 
27 Susan Marie Soltys 

29 Joseph Earle Crompton 

Nov. 15 Charlene Susan Flint 

Dec. 1 Russell James Osgood 



Feb. 



Mar. 
Apr. 

May 
June 



July 
Aug. 



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MARRIAGES 

There were 22 marriages of Williamsburg residents 
recorded in 1954, as follows : 

Jan. 9 Eleanor A. Hunt, Williamsburg, Mass. 

Burton L. Rummans, Williamsburg, Mass. 
9 Carole Ruth Harlow, Williamsburg, Mass. 
Gerald Martin Lavallee, Leeds, Mass. 

Feb. 27 Barbara Joan Krawczynski, Northampton, 
Mass. 

James Carson, Haydenville, Mass. 
13 Mary Esther Graves, Williamsburg, Mass. 
Raymond Francis Doyle, Jr., Holyoke, Mass. 

Mar. 28 Ruth M. Wells, Williamsburg, Mass. 

Ralph K. Rhodes, Rocky Mount, North Caro- 
lina 

May 1 Jane Weeks, Williamsburg, Mass. 

Allen Hathaway, Williamsburg, Mass. 

June 9 Rachel L. Oliver, Williamsburg, Mass. 

Robert B. Egelston, West Point, N. Y. 
19 Charlotte Cross, Williamsburg, Mass. 
Anthony Engerman, Turners Falls, Mass. 

July 17 Rose J. (Zewinski) Dunn, Turners Falls, Mass. 
Warren J. Gould, Haydenville, Mass. 
28 Jeanne E. Harlow, Williamsburg, Mass. 
Glenn Parker Pierce, Goshen, Mass. 

Aug. 1 Esther Jane Loomis, Haydenville, Mass. 

Dorrance Goodwin Bates, Williamsburg, Mass. 
21 Nancy Jane Dunphy, Williamsburg, Mass. 

Dominick Anthony LeFante, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
21 Patricia Evans, Williamsburg, Mass. 

Bernard Armes, South Deerfield, Mass. 
27 Ralean (Todd) Bacon, West Chesterfield, 

Mass. 

Philip H. Hall, Williamsburg, Mass. 



22 



26 Barbara Theriaque, Westfield, Mass. 

Theodore D. Lemire, Williamsburg, Mass. 

Sept. 12 Carmen Dolores Maquirang, Staten Island, 
N. Y. 

Raymond Milton Rice, Williamsburg, Mass. 
16 Joan Ann Kelley, Northampton, Mass. 

Ralph Baldwin, Williamsburg, Mass. 
25 Shirley May Nichols, Williamsburg, Mass. 

William Raymond Berry, Andalusia, Alabama 
28 Esther S. Bridgman, Florence, Mass. 

Arthur F. LaCasse, Jr., Williamsburg, Mass. 

Oct. 2 Janet E. Nichols, Williamsburg, Mass. 

Clayton Leroy King, Topsfield, Mass. 
23 Arlene Lee Carpenter, Northampton, Mass. 
Edmond Joseph LaFond, Williamsburg, Mass. 

Nov. 12 Evelyn Morey, Williamsburg, Mass. 

Burt Arthur Church, Chesterfield, Mass. 

DEATHS 

There were 32 deaths recorded in the Town of Wil- 
liamsburg in 1954, as follows : 
Date Name Yr. Mo. Da. Min. 

1953 



Dec. 


12 


Charles Heath 


73 


7 


6 


1954 










Jan. 


4 


Reuben B. Hills 


88 





25 




11 


Frank Leslie Raymond 


87 










15 


Mary E. (Smith) Gale 


75 





25 




20 


Martin Guzik 


72 


2 


9 




25 


Mary Clifford 


61 










28 


Bernard J. Mansfield 


49 


11 


13 


Feb. 


3 


Charles Blacking 


86 


3 


2 




4 


Herbert Lawton 


51 


3 


4 


Mar. 


10 


Judson G. Blackman 


83 


4 


21 




17 


Alfred Hendrick 


85 









23 



Apr. 


7 


Thomas John Ferron 








28 


May 


8 


Maleville Amy (Buck) 












Studley 


79 





12 




26 


Henry Tatro 


56 


1 


29 


June 


25 


Oaklpv R Amps 


64 


5 


17 




27 


Bertha Graves 


99 


5 


26 


July 


5 


Herbert C. Newell 


87 


5 


29 




Q 
O 


Arthur J. Polmatier 


QQ 

oo 


u 






16 


Garrard P. Nightingale 


73 


3 







25 


Arthur Beebe 


74 


2 


10 




26 


Howard F. Baker 


69 


6 


30 


Aug. 


28 


J. Floyd Best 


74 


3 


5 


Sept. 12 


Anna B. (Piorkowski) 












Lentner 


60 


3 


9 




18 


George Oliver 


67 


2 


25 


Oct. 


6 


Oliver Ducharmp 


77 


8 


21 




12 


Ormari CJ- FItyips Sv* 


59 


7 


21 




12 


Frpd TCptrb pn 


60 


o 


o 


Nov. 


2 


Grace A. (Sheldon) 












Graves 


o4 


4 


i 
l 




11 


Rebecca Faith Nicholls 













15 


Ida Torrey Rhodes 


76 


2 


12 




28 


Frank W. Merritt 


67 


3 





Dec. 


20 


Leon Tiley 


51 


3 


13 



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Tax Collector's Report 



Outstanding Dec. 31, 1953 : 

1951 Excise 
Real Estate 

1952 Personal Property 
Real Estate 
Excise 

1953 Poll Tax 
Personal Property 
Real Estate 
Excise 

Total 

Commitments : 

1954 Poll Tax 
Personal Property 
Real Estate 
Water Liens 
Excise 

1953 Excise given in January 
Total 

Collected and Paid Treasurer : 
(Including Interest) 

1951 Excise 

1952 Personal Property 
Real Estate 
Excise 

1953 Poll Tax 
Personal Property 



$9.37 
14.10 
442.40 
3,668.82 
163.81 
10.00 
3,198.02 
14,507.75 
1,486.01 



$23,500.28 



$1,118.00 
15,503.13 
121,358.10 
480.25 
16,839.12 
1954 757.13 



$156,055.73 



$11.37 
395.32 
3,751.63 
78.87 
13.53 
3,093.81 



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Real Estate 12,654.12 

Excise 2,027.11 

1954 Poll Tax 1,136.50 

Personal Property 11,334.70 

Real Estate 94,428.88 

Excise 13,538.28 



Total $142,464.12 

Tax Titles : 

1954 $83.15 

10.35 



Abatements : 

1951 Real Estate $14.10 

1952 Personal Property 72.80 
Excise 90.23 

1953 Personal Property 136.94 
Real Estate 64.44 
Excise 364.66 

1954 Poll Tax 58.00 
Personal Property 6.90 
Real Estate 4,434.01 
Excise 2,101.53 



$93.50 



Total $7,343.61 
Outstanding Dec. 31, 1954: 

1953 Personal Property $48.60 
Real Estate 2,005.01 
Excise 11.09 

1954 Personal Property 4,164.29 
Real Estate 23,166.72 
Excise 1,709.65 



Total $31,105.36 
Respectfully submitted, 

BARBARA W. SWANDA, 
Tax Collector 



26 



Treasurer's Report 



Debits 

Jan. 1, 1954, Balance on hand $196,515.49 
Receipts for year 561,841.72 



$758,357.21 



Credits 

Payments for year $484,515.63 
Jan. 1, 1955, Balance on hand 273,841.58 



$758,357.21 

Respectfully submitted, 

ANNA E. WATSON, 

Treasurer 



27 



Report of Town Accountant 



In compliance with the provisions of Section 61, Chap- 
ter 41, of the General Laws, I submit herewith my report 
as Town Accountant for the year ending December 31, 
1954. 

The records of receipts and expenditures showing 
sources and purposes respectively, together with the 
statement of Town Debt, Trust Funds, Trial Balance 
and Balance Sheet will be found in the following pages. 

I wish to extend my sincere thanks to all Town Offi- 
cials for their cooperation during my stay in office. Our 
friend, Mr. Howard F. Baker, who had conducted the 
affairs of this office for so many years is greatly missed 
and the cooperation received is regarded as a tribute to 
him. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WARREN E. McAVOY, 

Town Accountant 



RECEIPTS 



Taxes 1952 


$3,086.15 


Personal Property 1952 


369.60 


Real Estate 1952 


933.30 


Taxes 1953 


11,703.47 


Poll 1953 


8.00 


Personal Property 


1,130.17 


Real Estate 1953 


7,898.08 


Poll 1954 


1,072.00 


Personal Property 1954 


11,331.94 


Real Estate 1954 


94,302.38 


Water Liens to 1954 Taxes 


82.00 



$131,917.09 



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Motor Vehicle and Trailer 

Excise 1951 $18.74 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer 

Excise 1952 76.96 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer 

Excise 1953 2,400.48 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer 

Excise 1954 13,508.74 



$16,004.92 



Taxes, State 

Corporation $6,361.92 

Income Tax 3,611.00 
Income Tax — 

School Aid, Chapter 70 24,794.53 

Meal * 871.74 

Reimbursement — Loss of Taxes 108.91 



$35,748.10 



Licenses : 

Liquor and advertising $4,829.25 

Board of Health 11.00 

Junk 12.00 

Other 96.00 



Permits : 

Pistol $11.50 



$4,948.25 



$11.50 



Fines and Forfeits : 

Court $46.51 
Dog Licenses for County 565.20 



$611.71 



Grants and Gifts : 

County — Dog licenses refund $458.63 
County— Chapter 90 Maintenance 1,000.00 



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State— Chapter 90 Maintenance 1,000.00 

State— Chapter 81 9,283.98 

U. S. Grant— Old Age Assistance 12,243.54 
U. S. Grant — 0. A. A. Administration 551.94 
U. S. Grant — Aid to Dependent 

Children 5,027.91 
U. S. Grant— A. D. C. Administration 199.07 

U. S. Grant— Disability Assistance 1,900.64 

U. S. Grant — D. A. Administration 55.27 

State — School Transportation 4,641.74 
State — School Superintendent 

and Travel 1,398.76 

Public Health— State 1,192.85 
State — Reimbursement on 

Inspector of Animals 30.00 



Vocational Education 

Reimbursement $2,660.96 

Water Rents 6,819.81 

Water Miscellaneous 179.74 

Water Lien Fees 2.00 

State Aid to Highways 1953 4,496.65 

Old Age Assistance Recoveries 774.00 



$38,984.33 



Departmental Revenue : 

Sealer of Weights and Measures $44.25 

Aid to Dependent Children — State 3,456.51 

Old Age Assistance — 

Cities and Towns 763.41 

Old Age Assistance— State 13,536.30 

Veterans' Benefits — State 234.00 

Disability Assistance and 

Administration — State 1,663.77 

Schools— Tuition $2,687.21 

State Wards Tuition 928.20 
State Wards Transportation 76.00 

Miscellaneous Receipts 32.25 



$23,421.90 



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Tax Collector's Fees 193.10 
Water Surplus, County Extension 

and check recovery 807.75 

Truck and Tractor Earnings 6,022.50 

Post War Rehabilitation Fund 9,700.00 

School Bond Premium 318.50 

School Bond Issue 245,000.00 

Trust Funds 15,000.00 
State — Abatements to 

Paraplegic Veterans 144.90 

School Athletic Fund 446.85 

Sale of Land 36.00 

Sale of Tires, Fire Dept. 22.50 

Sale of Town Histories 10.50 

Refunds 29.57 

Miscellaneous Departments 6.00 

Federal Withholding Tax $11,798.40 

Employees Retirement Deductions 757.67 

Blue Cross— Blue Shield 789.20 

Interest 

Taxes, Real and Personal $647.29 

Taxes, Motor Vehicle Excise 31.14 

Treasurer's Deposit 100.00 

Income— H. M. Hills Fund $62.50 

Collins School Fund 1,118.05 

Whiting Street Fund 153.28 

Electa Waite Fund 53.20 

A. S. Hills Fund 150.00 

Mary L. Main Fund 75.00 

Byron Loomis Fund 223.08 

O. G. Spelman Fund 966.97 

Ethel Curry Fund 25.00 

C. J. Hills Fund 150.00 

Cemetery Fund 39.76 



$292,671.33 



$13,345.27 



$778.43 



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Lyman Waite Fund 19.25 
Albert D. Sanders Fund 162.70 
Ellsworth H. Hyde Fund 75.10 
Post War Rehabilitation 

Fund 125.00 

$3,398.89 



Total Receipts $561,841.72 
Cash on hand January 1, 1954 $196,515.49 



$758,357.21 



PAYMENTS ' 

Moderator's Salary $25.00 
Selectmen's Salaries $600.00 
Selectmen's Maintenance 299.98 

$899.98 



Accountant's Salary $500.00 
Accountant's Maintenance 108.18 



Treasurer's Salary $600.00 
Treasurer's Maintenance 265.63 



Tax Collector's Salary $600.00 
Tax Collector's Maintenance 472.11 



Assessors' Salaries $550.00 
Assessors' Maintenance 249.50 



$608.18 



$865.63 



$1,072.11 



799.50 



Town Counsel $225.00 
Town Clerk's Salary $200.00 
Town Clerk's Maintenance 301.03 

$501.03 



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Elections and Registrations: 

Registrars . $125.00 

Election Officers 356.00 

Printing and Stationery 105.50 

Loud Speaker System 50.00 

Grange Hall Rent 20.00 

Labor 10.00 



$666.50 



Elector, Oliver Smith Will $10.00 

Finance Committee Clerk $25.00 

Executive Secretary's Salary $1,700.64 

Town : 

Fuel $113.70 

Lights 42.53 

Telephone . 186.53 

Janitor 289.05 

Repairs 16.48 

Window Installation 293.78 



$942.07 



Town Shed : 

Fuel $108.27 



Total General Government $8,448.91 

Protection of Persons and Property : 

Police Department : 

Salaries $200.00 

Labor 798.00 

Special Police 141.00 

Legal Counsel 75.00 

Equipment 85.58 

Mileage 249.50 

Dog Tax Collection Fees 23.70 

Telephones 107.65 

Court Fees 116.01 

$1,796.44 



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Williamsburg Fire House Addition $253.00 

Fire Department : 

Salaries $426.00 

Labor 728.26 

New Equipment 1,509.71 

Fuel 486.37 

Telephone and Lights 591.28 

Insurance 148.78 

Equipment Maintenance 1,034.89 

Training 593.59 

Water Holes 50.25 

Building Maintenance 361.61 



$5,930.74 



Sealer of Weights and Measures $100.00 
Tree Warden Department : 

Tree Warden $782.26 

Moth Work, Local 72.53 

State 250.62 

Dutch Elm Disease 303.39 

$1,408.80 



Total Protection of Persons and Property $9,488.98 
HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Salary $100.00 

Administration 77.42 

Hampshire County Sanatorium 628.62 

Barn and Animal Inspection 45.00 

Slaughter Inspection 26.00 
Town Dump, Care and Maintenance 617.90 

Town Dump, Rent 200.00 

Garbage Collection 2,800.00 

Rubbish Collection 412.50 

Well Child Clinic 291.12 



$5,198.56 

Visiting Nurse $1,325.00 



Total Health and Sanitation $6,523.56 



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HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES 

Chapter 81 

Labor $6,222.31 

Town Equipment 2,637.00 

Private Equipment 3,656.25 

Gravel 1,090.00 

Colprovia 674.40 

Cement 2.40 

Culverts 566.09 

Catch Basin 96.22 

Tar 430.36 



Winter Highways : 

Labor $4,460.35 

Private Equipment 1,475.73 

Sand k 219.75 

Town Equipment 2,087.50 

Road Repair, Winter Mix 33.30 

Lumber 34.79 

Salt 528.80 

Fence Posts 20.00 



Bridges and Railings : 

Tools and Equipment $114.88 

Town Equipment 34.00 

Reinforcement Rods 230.16 

Cement 69.25 

Fence Posts 42.50 

Planks 266.81 

Labor 236.15 



$15,375.03 



$8,860.22 



$993.75 



Street Lights $3,056.87 
Tool Account 181.59 

Chapter 90 Construction : 

Labor $2,338.38 
Town Equipment 690.50 



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Private Equipment 4,938.13 

Gravel 1,108.45 

Cement 6.00 

Cement Blocks 17.69 

Culverts 557.92 

Tar 338.25 

Grass Seed 4.70 



$10,000.02 



Chapter 90 Maintenance : 

Labor $565.69 
Town Equipment 448.50 
Private Equipment 101.50 
Gravel 615.87 
Tar 1,268.48 

$3,000.04 

Chapter 90 Construction Special, Route 143 : 

Culverts $429.26 

Truck and Tractor Maintenance : 

Gas, oil and supplies $1,700.48 
Repairs, tires, batteries, etc. 4,059.47 
Insurance 626.40 

$6,386.35 



Total Highways and Bridges $48,283.13 

CHARITIES AND SOLDIERS' BENEFITS 

Town Aid $1,381.95 

Public Welfare Agent's Salary $1,659.43 

Public Welfare Agent's Maintenance $200.00 
Disability Assistance : 



Local $5,000.00 
Federal 472.52 



Aid to Dependent Children : 

Local $7,500.00 
Federal 3,424.41 



$5,472.52 



$10924.41 



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Old Age Assistance : 

Local $24,000.00 
Federal 6,807.46 

$30,807.46 

Veterans' Benefits $699.70 

Veterans' Agent's Salary $300.00 

Veterans' Agent's Maintenance $149.70 

Total Charities and Soldiers' Benefits $51,595.17 



SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES 

Schools 



General Administration : 



Superintendent 


$2,700.00 


Clerical Assistance 


1,365.90 


Office Supplies 


226.44 


Telephone 


259.05 


Travel Expense 


168.59 


Miscellaneous 


173.95 


Athletics 


876.50 


Insurance 


1,218.00 


Nurses's Salary and 




Travel 


649.00 


Physicians' Salaries 


400.00 


Committee's Salary 


350.00 



$8,387.43 



Teachers' Salaries 

Teachers $65,798.50 
Music Teacher 1,149.84 
Drawing Teacher 584.00 

$67,532.34 



Tuition — 

Smith's School $5,095.42 

$5,095.42 



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Transportation — 

Smith's School $1,009.00 
Local 7,240.50 



$8,249.50 



Text Books and Supplies 

Books, High $139.73 
Books, Grades 2,038.03 
Classroom Supplies 1,483.56 



Janitors' Services and Supplies 
Salaries $5,237.38 
Supplies 583.67 



Fuel and Light 

Fuel $2,247.91 
Light 917.73 



Repairs $1,735.56 



$3,661.32 

$5,821.05 

3,165.64 
1,735.56 



New Equipment $115.92 $115.92 

$103,764.18 



Rehabilitation Fund : 

Repairs $1,356.65 
New Equipment 1,952.49 



$3,309.14 



Funds : 

Collins Fund 

New Equipment $135.00 

Loomis Fund 10.00 



$145.00 



Loomis Fund 

Haydenville School Lunch Room : 
Construction $1,200.00 
New Equipment 258.01 



$1,458.01 



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New Elementary School Construction 

Construction $162,105.20 

Site Preparation 16,151.70 

Fees 11,302.83 

Advertising 50.83 

Water Service 980.90 

Travel 11.57 

Financing Fees 708.16 

Land Purchase 3,876.00 



$195,187.19 



Haydenville Library : 



Books 


$161.54 


Librarian 


81.00 


Janitor 


19.50 


Repairs 


30.00 


Insurance 


16.38 


Supplies 


5.10 


Fuel 


13.00 


Lights 


12.00 



$338.52 



Total of Schools and Libraries $304,202.04 

RECREATION AND UNCLASSIFIED 

Recreation : 

Recreation and Equipment 
Janitor $19.80 
Band 40.00 
Equipment 39.70 
Hallowe'en Party 10.00 

$109.50 



Athletic Field 

Labor $276.00 

Tools 2.65 

Repairs 105.80 

Gas and oil 9.86 



$394.31 

$503.81 



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Town Clocks $102.19 

Memorial Day $150.00 

Printing Town Reports 1953 $343.90 

Wood Lot $7.95 



Total Recreation and Unclassified $1,107.85 



ENTERPRISE AND CEMETERIES 
Water Department : 



Pipe Line 




Maintenance 


$3,314.49 


Water Shed 


605.06 


Chlorinator 




Maintenance 


683.60 


Additional Water 




Supply 


1,094.52 


Administration 


140.99 


Collector of Water 




Rents 


150.00 


Caretaker, 




Chlorinator 


100.00 


Caretaker and 




Supply 


100.00 


Caretaker, 




Water Shed 


100.00 



$6,288.66 

Water Department Tool Building $172.21 
Workmen's 

Compensation $1,000.82 
Retirement Fund, 

Town's Share 894.01 
Retirement Fund, 

Employee's Share 791.33 
Federal Withholding 

Tax 11,697.26 

Blue Cross and 

Blue Shield 789.20 



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Collector's Costs 

and Fees 202.55 

Business Machines 639.00 

Check Returned 15.25 
Cemeteries 

Mountain Street 

Cemetery $75.00 
Old Village Hill 

Cemetery 61.00 

$136.00 



Total Enterprises, Cemeteries 

and Unclassified $16,165.42 

POST WAR AND TRUST FUNDS INCOME 

Post War Rehabilitation 

Fund $125,000 $125.00 

Trust Funds : 

Henry M. Hills 

Bed Fund $80.00 
A. S. Hills Charity 

Fund 150.00 

Cemetery Fund 39.76 

$269.76 



Trust Funds : 

Deposit, O. G. Spelman 

Fund $10,000.00 
Deposit, Henry M. Hills 
Fund 5,000.00 



AGENCY 



State Park and 

Reservations Tax $368.78 
State Audit 1,244.92 



$15,000.00 



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County Tax 8,467.84 
County Dog Taxes 583.80 

$10,665.34 



INTEREST AND MATURING DEBT 

Interest on Water 

Loan $130.63 
Interest on New 

Water System 495.00 
Interest on County 

Extension 192.50 

$818.13 



South Street Water 

Extension Note $500.00 
New Water System 

Note 2,000.00 
Sanatorium Extension 

Note 2,000.00 



REFUNDS 



1953 Poll Tax overpayment $4.00 
1953 Real Estate 3.24 

1953 Motor Vehicle Excise 125.11 

1954 Poll Tax 10.00 
1954 Real Estate 238.32 
1954 Motor Vehicle Excise 480.80 



$4,500.00 



$861.47 



Total Payments $484,515.63 
Cash on hand December 31, 1954 $273,841.58 



$758,357.21 



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TOWN OF WILLIAMSBURG 
Balance Sheet — December 31, 1954 
GENERAL ACCOUNTS 



ASSETS 

Cash $273,841.58 

Accounts Receivable : 
Taxes : 

Levy of 1953 

Personal Property 48.60 
Real Estate 2,005.01 

2,053.61 



Levy of 1954 

Personal Property 4,164.29 

Real Estate 22,768.47 

Water Liens 1954 398.25 



Tax Titles 380.53 
Tax Possessions 192.43 



Departmental : 

Aid to Dependent Children 1,133.68 
Old Age Assistance 863.55 



Water Department : 

Rates 1,287.30 
Miscellaneous 309.43 



Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise : 
Taxes : 

Levy of 1953 11.09 

Levy of 1954 1,709.65 



27,331.01 



572.96 



1,997.23 



1,596.73 



1,720.74 



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State and County Aid to Highways 
Due from Post War Rehabilitation Fund 
Chapter 81, Highways 
Chapter 90, Highway Construction, 
Special, Route 143 



6,991.02 
5,300.00 
1,991.02 

429.26 

$323,825.16 



LIABILITIES 

Employees' Payroll Deductions : 
Federal Taxes 
County Retirement System 



$1,090.44 
69.59 



Dog Licenses due County 
Tailings 

Trust Fund Income : 
Henry M. Hills 

Hospital Bed Fund 1,025.42 
Whiting Street Worthy 

Poor Fund 521.72 
Mary L. Main Worthy Poor Fund 313.50 

Electa Waite Charity Fund 210.32 

Lyman D. Waite Charity Fund 165.07 

Albert S. Hills Charity Fund 462.06 

C. J. Hills Charity Fund 572.49 

Collins School Fund 1,551.43 

Onslow G. Spelman Fund 966.97 

Byron Loomis School Fund 213.08 

Ethel Curry School Fund 62.50 

Albert D. Sanders School Fund 286.06 

Ellsworth H. Hyde School Fund 133.35 



Old Age Assistance Recoveries 
Federal Grants : 

Disability Assistance 

Administration 

Assistance 



163.12 
1,428.12 



$1,160.03 

21.00 
54.33 



$6,483.97 
774.00 



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Aid to Dependent Children 

Administration 333.16 

Aid 1,658.05 

Old Age Assistance 

Administration 1,683.31 

Assistance 5,873.49 

11,139.25 

Federal Works Agency, Water Plans 
and Eng. 12.00 
School Athletic Fund 1,212.45 
Appropriation Balances : 

Revenue, General 13,013.30 
Non Revenue : 

New Elem. School 165,131.31 

178,144.61 



Road Machinery Fund 6,904.14 

State Aid to Highways 6,991.02 

Reserve Fund — Overlay Surplus 7,406.59 
Overlays Reserved for Abatements : 

Levy of 1953 2,053.61 

Levy of 1954 1,311.11 

3,364.72 



Revenue Reserved until Collected : 
Motor Vehicle and Trailer 

Excise 1,720.74 

Tax Title and Possessions 572.96 

Departmental 1,997.23 

Water 1,994.98 



State Park Tax 1.45 
County Tax 654.97 
Gypsy and Brown Tail Moth 70.58 



6,285.91 



727.00 



Water Available Surplus 2,748.07 
Surplus Revenue 90,396.07 



$323,825.16 



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TRUST FUNDS 



Trust Funds, Cash and Securities in 

Custody of Town Treasurer $117,800.44 

Trust Funds, Cash and Securities in 
custody of Trustee 3,694.07 

$121,494.51 



Henry M. Hills Hospital Bed Fund $16,432.21 

Whiting Street Worthy Poor Fund 5,574.25 

Mary L. Main Fund 3,000.00 

Electa Waite Charity Fund 1,773.51 

Lyman D. Waite Charity Fund 700.00 

Albert S. Hills Charity Fund 5,000.00 

C. J. Hills Charity Fund 5,000.00 

Collins School Fund 12,423.45 

Onslow G. Spelman Fund 36,947.77 ' 

Byron Loomis Fund 7,436.51 

Ethel Curry School Fund 1,000.00 

Albert D. Sanders Fund 6,508.30 

Ellsworth H. Hyde Fund 3,004.77 

Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund 1,325.00 

Post War Rehabilitation Fund 6,264.22 

Helen E. James School Fund 3,694.07 

Henry W. Warner Fund 5,410.45 



$121,494.51 



Net Funded or Fixed Debt 
Net Funded or Fixed Debt $276,500.00 



$276,500.00 



Water Main, South Street Extension Loan $4,500.00 
Water Main, Sanatorium Extension 6,000.00 



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Underground Water Supply Loan 21,000.00 
Anne T. Dunphy Elementary School Loan 245,000.00 



$276,500.00 



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Assessors # Report 



The method of computing the tax rate for the year 
1954 is as follows : 

Appropriations to be raised $201,683.04 
Taken from available funds 

in 1954 164,142.20 

State Parks and Reservations 452.60 

State Audit 1,244.92 

Gypsy and Brown Tail Moth 321.20 

County Tax 9,172.03 

Overlay of Current Year 5,756.62 

Gross Amount to be raised $382,772.61 



Estimated Receipts and Available Funds : 



Income Tax $25,364.72 

Corporation Taxes 6,820.47 
Reimbursement of Publicly 

Owned Land 105.88 

Old Age Tax 849.11 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise 12,800.00 

Licenses 4,000.00 

Fines 50.00 
Protection of Persons and Property 50.00 

Health and Sanitation 500.00 

Charities 3,900.00 

Old Age Assistance 14,500.00 

Veterans' Services 175.00 

Schools 9,900.00 

Libraries 25.00 
Interest : on Taxes and Assessments 625.00 

Spelman School Fund 1,000.00 



Total Estimated Receipts $80,665.18 



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Amounts voted to be taken from 

available funds $164,142.20 



Total Estimated Receipts and 

Available Funds $244,807.38 

Net Amount to be Raised by Taxation 
on Polls and Property : 

Polls, 552 @ $2.00 $1,104.00 
Total Value Personal Property 

$224,683.00 @ $69.00 per M 15,503.13 
Total Value Real Estate 
$1,758,813.00 @ $69.00 

per M 121,358.10 



Total Taxes Levied on Polls and Property $137,965.23 
Water Liens added to taxes $480.25 

Total Amount of 1954 Taxes on Polls and 
Property and of Assessments added to 
taxes as committed to collector $138,445.48 

EDWIN C. BRECKENRIDGE,Ch. 
VERNON P. WEST 
JOSEPH DYMERSKI 



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Report of Water Commissioners 



January 17, 1955 

In 1954 we used the additional water supply only 
twice. The first time we pumped for nine days because 
the chlorinator was out of order. In the nine days a 
total of 2,561,600 gallons was pumped. The second time 
it was used we pumped for 12 days due to water short- 
age. This time we pumped 1,143,000 gallons. 

Our routine work was carried out as usual. There 
were seven new entrances installed and seven old ones 
renewed. Five hydrants were repaired and the new six 
inch line to the school was completed. 

It was voted by the water commissioners at the 
January meeting to raise the water rents, in most cases, 
by fifteen per cent. In some instances they were raised 
more. This was necessary to bring in more revenue. 
The costs of the Water Department are going up each 
year. The system, being more than fifty years old, is 
beginning to show the effects of old age. As each year 
goes by now, more and more work will have to be done. 
The commissioners regretted having to raise the rents, 
what with a raise in taxes and exerything else, but if the 
Water Dept. is going to maintain its mains and service 
there must be money to do it with. 

A house to house survey was made this year by the 
water dept. to correct the records. In some cases there 
had been additional outlets installed and in others there 
were some removals. But on a whole there was enough 
increase to warrant the survey. 



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On the department budget this year, we found that 
in order to have maintenance money enough to take care 
of anticipated and known work next year, we had to 
cut expenses everywhere we could. We did away with 
the salary of Collector and combined the work of care- 
taker of water shed and caretaker of pump. We cut 
chlorinator expenses and pump funds. The net outcome 
was, we were able to increase pipe line maintenance by 
$1,000.00 and only increased the whole budget by 
$100.00. The collection and billing of water rents can 
well be done by the Town Secretary, she agreeing to do 
it, as it will fill in when she has no other work to do. 

Howard Sanderson resigned as Water Commissioner 
the first of May, when he found that the duties of water 
dept. and Fire Chief were too much. David Dewey was 
appointed to fill his vacancy. Robert Wells retired at the 
end of this year due to health, and Ralph Mason, Jr. re- 
tired at the same time for business reasons. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Robert Wells, Chairman 
Ralph Mason, Jr. 
David Dewey 



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I 



Report of Tree Warden 
and Moth Superintendent 



Labor, chainsaw & truck 

cutting and disposal of trees $408.02 
Hampshire Tree & Landscape Service 140.00 

New England Tree Expert Co. 9.00 
Harry W. Warner, Jr. 

chainsaw & labor 173.52 

Robert S. Loomis, labor 80.76 

Herbert Kellogg, tractor & truck 106.50 

Walter E. Kellogg, chainsaw 31.88 

Paul Waite, tree climber 57.00 

Fred G. Dewey, truck 70.13 

James O'Brine, labor 8.75 



$1,085.56 



Number of trees cut 12 

Number of trees cabled 3 

Storm damaged limbs and trees removed. 

Hurricane damage — 

10 blown down trees removed 
2 damaged trees cut and removed 

3 dead elms and several other trees should be removed 
this year 



MOTH SUPERINTENDENT REPORT 1954 

In the spring this town cooperated with the State 
in an aerial spraying project against gypsy moth dam- 
age. This project was based at Barnes Airport in West- 



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field. The town was found to be heavily infested ana 
the spraying, done by C-46's, helicopters and small planes, 
destroyed the moth caterpillars before too much damage 
was done. 

Paid to State as town's share $250.62 
Labor 72.53 

$323.15 

Respectfully submitted, 

DAVID L. DEWEY 

Tree Warden & Moth Supt. 



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Library Report 



Mrs. John Winne became our librarian in June upon 
resignation of Mrs. Demerski. She has been aided in her 
work by several of the older Girl Scouts. 

This fall we had new cellar stairs made, the elm tree 

on the river side of the building trimmed, and the brush 
cut. 

Books added in 1954 79 

Books discarded 5 

Books on hand 3,165 

Circulation 3,521 

Fines $7.56 



The Account of Expenditures for the year will be 
found in the Accountant's Report. 



Respectfully submitted, 



MAUDE E. SANDERSON 
LORA S. PHINNEY 
LULA B. SMITH 



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Report of Board of Health 



The Board of Health submits the following report 
for the period from January 1, 1954 to December 31, 
1954. 

A Well Child Clinic was held in each village school. 

Work was done in Haydenville to correct faulty 
drainage near the school playground. 

The Board operated the Garbage Collection in 
accordance with the State cooking laws. Materials which 
won't cook, that are included in the garbage, have been 
a problem. The Board requests more care in this matter 
as damage to the cooking equipment will be expensive. 

The Board has maintained careful inspections of our 
animals and slaughters with the able work of our in- 
spectors. 

The eating and drinking establishments in town 
have been inspected by the Board. 

The Board still finds that the dump is a problem 
child. Efforts have been made to find a good location to 
replace the Mountain Street dump, without success. We 
have employed a very able caretaker and have tried to 
limit use of the dump to townspeople during posted days 
and hours. 

The Board wishes to ask all who use the dump to 
please dump over the embankment away from the road. 
The cooperation of people who use the dump, in keeping 
it neat and clean will mean less expense. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARGARET NELSON, Ch. 
JOSEPH HOBBS, M.D. 
BERNARD REARDON 



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Report of the Police Department 



Streets patrolled week-ends and Holidays. 

Twelve accidents were reported and inspected by 
Police. 

Two persons received injuries (none fatal). 

Several cars stopped and drivers warned. 

Five licenses suspended by the Registrar on request 
of Chief. 

Twenty-nine summonses served for outside depart- 
ments. 

One warrant served for outside department. 
Two accidental shootings. 

Thirty-six complaints taken before the District 



Court. 



Drunkenness 
Vagrancy 
Speeding 
Stop signs 

Operating after revocation 
Operating without license 
Driving so as to endanger 
Driving left of the center 
Following too close 
Driving under influence 
Failing to have windshield stickers 
Assault and battery 



9 
1 
7 
2 
1 
1 
1 
1 
1 
6 
4 
1 



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Contributing to delinquency 1 

Thirty-two pleaded or were found guilty. 

Four found not guilty — thirty-four males, two 
females. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES H. CROSS 
Chief of Police 



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Report of Fire Department 



The Fire Department of Williamsburg consists of 
two companies No. 1 in Williamsburg and No. 2 in Hay- 
denville. 

Patrick Larkin of Haydenville was appointed assis- 
tant fire chief and Lester Wells of Williamsburg as Cap- 
tain. 

There were 32 alarms answered as follows: 

6 Chimney Fires 

6 House Fires 
11 Grass and Brush Fires 

8 Calls to Haydenville Dump 

1 Call to Tar Trailer 

During the year, there were 22 fire drills held with 
the fire-fighters. 

350 open air fire permits were issued. 225 bottled 
gas and 175 oil burner inspections were made. 

The pump on the Williamsburg fire truck was re- 
paired. Four new tires and one 2% in. gate valve were 
put on. 

A Reo truck with a 900 gallon water tank and a 150 
gallon per minute pump was added to our equipment. 
This provides better fire protection for areas where 
three is little or no water. 

The sirens in both villages have been repaired and 
it is recommended that a new larger one be installed in 
Williamsburg, at the engine house, in the near future. 



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The engine house in Haydenville is badly in need of 
extensive repairs. It is felt by the Firefighters that a 
new bulding, in a different location, would be practicable 
inasmuch as the present building is too small and is in 
a very poor location. 

A needed roof ladder was added to the Haydenville 
truck, also two 20 lb. dry powder extinguishers for oil 
and gas fires. Five new fog nozzles for modern fire 
fighting were also added to the department. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HOWARD SANDERSON 
Fire Chief 



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Visiting Nurse 



To the Selectmen 

Town of Williamsburg 

The Visiting Nurse, Mrs. Mabel Shumway, reported 
that the total of 392 calls were made during the year. 
Sixty-five of these calls were no charge calls. 

The Annual Well Child Clinic was held in June with 
Dr. Fredrica Smith attending Pediatrician. One hun- 
dred and thirty-three children were examined. 

We present for your inspection the following finan- 
cial statement: 

Receipts for 1954 

Collections for calls by the nurse $255.00 
Gifts from user of a hospital bed 5.00 



Total 



$260.00 



Payments made in 1954 



Gasoline for nurse's car 



$132.50 



Old Age Tax paid for nurse 
(Social Security) 



19.50 



Supplies for nurse: 

1 syringe 

2 needles 
paper towels 
alcohol 



$2.50 



.60 
.38 
.49 



$3.97 



3.97 
1.76 
11.94 



Phone calls 

3 mattress covers 



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Back rest 
Payroll book 
Rubber sheeting 



2.00 
.55 
7.16 



$179.38 



Salary paid nurse — net 
Income tax withheld 
Old Age Tax withehld 



$1,211.30 
124.20 
14.50 



$1,350.00 



Less town appropriation $1,325.00 Difference 



The nurse's salary is $25 per week, and she has one 
week's vacation with pay. Therefore the town appro- 
priation is for 53 weeks at $25, a total of $1,325. Be- 
cause Friday is payday and the year began and ended on 
Friday there were payments made in this calendar year 
for 54 weeks instead of 53. 



Excess of receipts over disbursements 



25.00 $204.38 
3 $55.62 



Respectfully submitted, 



Jean Hemenway, Secretary 



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ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 



OF THE 



Town of Williamsburg 



FOR THE 



YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31. 1954 



School Organization 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Kenneth W. Sherk, Chairman, Tel. 295 1956 

Mrs. Eleanor Ballway, Secretary, Tel. 260 1956 

Norman F. Graves, Tel. 248 1955 

Stanley Soltys 1956 

Miss Eleanor Mansfield, Tel. 227 1955 

SUPERINTENDENT 

Lucius A. Merritt Tel. 229 

Office, High School Tel. 4421 

SUPERVISOR OF ART 
Marion G. Warren, Williamsburg Tel. 515 

SUPERVISOR OF PENMANSHIP 
Rinehart System directed by Mrs. Elizabeth Koss 

SUPERVISOR OF MUSIC 
Olive A. Healy, West Chesterfield Tel. 2355 

SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 

Dr. Joseph Hobbs, Williamsburg Tel. 266 

Dr. Charles Wheeler, Haydenville Tel. 260 

SCHOOL NURSE 
Mrs. Barbara Swanda, Williamsburg Tel. 572 

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SUPERVISORS OF ATTENDANCE 

H. Merrill Bisbee, Williamsburg Tel. 4762 

Charles Sabo, Williamsburg Tel. 3581 

MEETINGS OF SCHOOL COMMITTEE 
Last Wednesday of each month 

TEACHERS' MEETINGS 
At call of Superintendent 

HELEN E. JAMES SCHOOL 
Tel. 4421 

TEACHERS 

Tel. 

Principal, Anne T. Dunphy: Latin, Civics 

Haydenville 4781 
Peter P. Ball: .Science 

30 City View Ave., W. Springfield 4-3648 
Robert M. Branch : Math., History 

61 Meadow Street, Florence 4554 
Mrs. Frances M. Grinnell: Commercial 

32 Conz Street, Northampton 1348 
Mrs. Lula B. Smith : English 

Haydenville 282 
Earl F. Tonet: History, French, Athletic Coach 

29 Maple Street, Florence 3079-W 
Principal, Edith D. Foster : Grade 7, Williamsburg 4211 
Martha L. Dickerman : Grade 8, 106 Main St., Spencer 

8391 

Nelle A. Dolan : Grade 6, Haydenville 3693 
Mrs. Margaret Breckenridge : Grade 5, Williamsburg 

525 

Mrs. Eleanor Soden: Grade 4, Williamsburg 3557 
Mrs. Dorothy R. Colburn: Grade 3, Williamsburg 3891 



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Mrs. Gertrude Ramstrom : Grade 2, Haydenville 522 
Mrs. Sophia D. Eaton : Grade 1, Williamsburg 537 



HAYDENVILLE SCHOOL 
TEL. 4912 

TEACHERS 

Principal, Margaret Trainor: Grades 7 and 8 

Haydenville 4732 
Mrs. Marion Hickey : Grade 5 and 6, Haydenville 4301 
Mrs. Priseilla Kostek : Grades 4 and 5, Haydenville 

4733 

Mr*. Ruth Nash : Grade 3, Williamsburg 3344 
Mrs. Doris Tilley: Grade 2, Williamsburg 4485 
Mary Crampton : Grade 1, Haydenville 3221 

SCHOOL CENSUS— OCTOBER 1, 1954 



Williamsburg 
Boys 
Girls 



Total 

Haydenville 
Boys 
Girls 







16 Yrs. or 


5-7 


7-16 


over 


33 


105 


14 


23 


96 


10 


56 


201 


24 



281 



18 
26 



84 8 
86 11 



Total 

Combined Total 



44 
100 



170 
371 



19 

43 



233 
514 



RECORD OF SERVICE 

Miss Nelle Dolan 46i/ 2 Years 

Dr. Charles Wheeler 45 Years 

Miss Anne T. Dunphy 41 Years 



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SCHOOL CALENDAR 1955-1956 

Wednesday, September 7, 1955 Schools open 

Friday, October 7, 1955 Franklin County Teachers' 

Conference Schools closed 

Wednesday, October 12, 1955 Columbus Day 

Schools closed 

Friday, November 11, 1955 Armistice Day 

Schools closed 

Wednesday, November 23, 1955 Thanksgiving Recess 
Schools closed at regular time 

Monday, November 28, 1955 Schools open 

Wednesday, December 21, 1955 Christmas vacation 
Schools close at regular time 

Tuesday, January 3, 1956 Schools open 

Friday, February 17, 1956 Winter Vacation 

Schools close at regular time 

Monday, February 27, 1956 Schools open 

Friday, March 30, 1956 Good Friday 

Schools closed 

Friday, April 13, 1956 Spring Vacation 

Schools close at regular time 

Monday, April 23, 1956 Schools open 

Wednesday, May 30, 1956 Memorial Day 

Schools closed 

Friday, June 8, 1956 

Elementary schools close for summer 

Tuesday, June 19, 1956 

High School graduation 

Wednesday, June 20, 1956 

High School closes 

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NET EXPENDITURES FOR SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS 

Year 1954 

Total Expenditures for Support from All 

Sources $103,764.18 

Income on Account of Schools : 

1. General School Fund 24,794.53 

2. Transportation Reimbursement 
Chapter 679 4,641.74 

3. Smith School Reimbursement (Include 
industrial training, etc.) 2,660.96 

4. High School Tuition, Chesterfield, 
Goshen 2,687.21 

5. Supt. Reimbursement 1,398.79 

6. State Wards' Tuition and 
Transportation 1,004.20 

7. Cash Sent to Treasurer 32.25 



Total Income 37,219.68 
Net Expenditures from Local Taxation $66, 544.50 



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Report of School Committee 



Greetings : 

The school department has again accommodated 
more students in the past year than in the year before. 
We were faced with a first grade of 37 students in the 
Helen E. James School. Lack of space forced us to divide 
the grade into a morning and afternoon session. Trans- 
portation to take the pupils in the morning session home 
at noon was provided. This plan, a last resort at the 
time, seems to be working satisfactorily. Reports from 
the school show that more progress has been made in the 
first grade in spite of the curtailed length of the school 
day. This is an excellent example of the greater achieve- 
ment that can come from smaller classes. 

We made unanticipated, extensive repairs to the 
heating plants in both school buildings. This expense, 
coupled with an increased number of students at Smith's 
School and the added transportation mentioned above, led 
to overspending our budget by $3,427.18. The bulk of 
this overdraught was covered by the Finance Committee 
and the balance of $689.64 was taken from the Collins 
Fund. We appreciate the assistance and cooperation of 
the Finance Committee. 

This school year will see the end of split classes in the 
Williamsburg System. With the new Anne T. Dunphy 
School and a Junior-Senior High School system, we an- 
ticipate a continued improvement in our educational 
offerings. We hope to draw more tuition students from 
the neighboring towns. 

The School Committee lost a valuable and con- 
scientious member when Warren McAvoy resigned last 



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August to become Town Accountant. Although we will 
miss his advice based on years of experience, we are 
happy that he is near at hand and we wish him well. Miss 
Eleanor Mansfield was elected by the committee and the 
selectmen to serve on the committee until a replacement 
is regularly elected. 

Our relations with the Superintendent, school staff, 
and parents have been satisfying. We thank them all for 
their patience and support. 

KENNETH SHERK 
Chairman 

January 10, 1955 



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Superintendent's Report 



To the Members of the School Committee: 

The annual report of the Spt. of Schools is herewith 
submitted. It is the thirty-fourth in the present series 
and the fifty-third since the formation of the original 
school union. This is the second report since Southamp- 
ton and Westhampton joined us to form Union #58. 

The great history making event for our schools 
during 1954 has been the building of the new school at 
Williamsburg. It will be ready for use in September 
1955. The building is of cinder block and brick con- 
struction. There will be six modern classrooms for 
grades one through six, a large gymnasium-auditorium 
which will serve the community as well as the school 
children, a modern cafeteria, teachers' room, principal's 
office, a conference room, and the superintendent's of- 
fice. The gymnasium has been needed for many years. 
Now, our games, dramatics, assemblies, and graduations 
can be held in suitable surroundings. The building com- 
mittee of which Mr. Norman Graves is chairman de- 
serves a great deal of credit for seeing this project 
through successfully. It is a beautiful building of which 
the town may justly be proud. 

The new building with the extra space it provides 
will make it possible to offer an expanded program of 
education and services for the youth of this town and the 
surrounding areas. The School Committee has votea 
that the six-six plan is the most desirable for our com- 
munity because it is necessary to have a six grade 
elementary school in each village. Thus it becomes prac- 



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tical to organize a Junior-Senior High School in the pres- 
ent Helen E. James School Building. 

The program which this new organization of our 
schools will have will include the three courses of study 
now offered in our senior high school, physical education 
and guidance. The juniors, the seventh and eighth 
grades, will have a departmentalized program of classes 
which will include all of the present grade subjects in 
longer periods, physical education and guidance. The 
science classes will make use of the high school labora- 
tory. If it can be arranged with Smith's School, courses 
in home economics and shop work will be made avail- 
able and credits given toward graduation from Williams- 
burg High School. These changes will bring to our town 
more and greater opportunities for all of our young 
people. 

There was only one change in our teaching staff at 
the end of the year in June. Mr. Raymond Drew who 
had served as the art instructor decided to give up teach- 
ing and devote his time to his own painting. He has 
since been appointed curator of the George Vincent 
Smith Art Gallery in Springfield. We were sorry to lose 
him. To fill that vacancy, Mrs. Richard B. Warren of 
Williamsburg was appointed. Mrs. Warren is a gradu- 
ate of Smith College where she studied art. She had 
one year of teaching experience at the Albany Academy 
for Girls. She is doing fine work for our boys and girls. 

The high school was organized for Setpember with 
the following arrangement : Principal A. T. Dunphy, two 
classes in Latin, one in civics and local history, and guid- 
ance; Robert Branch, five classes in math., one in U. S. 
History, also audio-visual education; Peter P. Ball, six 
classes in science; Mrs. Lula Smith, five classes in Eng- 
lish, assembly programs; Mrs. Francis Grinnell, three 
classes in typing, one in office practice, shorthand, book- 
keeping and junior business, also school publications; 



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Earl Tonet, two classes in French, one in problems of 
democracy, world geography, world history, coach of 
boy's athletics, and driver education; Olive Healy, one 
in chorus and one in orchestra; Mrs. Evelyn Kmit, coach 
of girls' basketball. 

This school offers a college course, a general course, 
and a commercial course. As a special, a course in auto- 
mobile driving is offered to young people who are near 
the age when licenses may be obtained. We are especial- 
ly indebted to the F. N. Graves Company who through 
their manager, Richard Graves, have presented the school 
a new car to be used in this work. Besides the regular 
work, students may take part in girls' and boys' athletics, 
glee club, orchestra, school plays and publications. The 
school is in session eight periods a day from 9:00 A. M. 
to 3 :00 P. M. The tuition rate is $200 per year. 

Because of lack of playing space, we have had to 
use the Smith's' School arena for basketball practice and 
games. Thanks are extended again to Smith's School 
for this help. Both teams have made good progress and 
have been well trained by their coaches. Here again, 
everyone will be happy to have the new gymnasium to 
use. 

At the Helen E. James elementary school eight 
classes were in operation as follows: Principal Mrs. 
Edith Foster, grade 7; Miss Martha Diickerman, grade 
8; Miss Nellie Dolan, grade 6; Mrs. Margaret Brecken- 
ridge, grade 5 ; Mrs. Eleanor Soden, grade 4 ; Mrs. Dor- 
othy Colburn, grade 3 ; Mrs. Gertrude Ramstrom, grade 
2 ; Mrs. Sophie Eaton, grade 1, two sessions. 

The Haydenville School had six rooms in operation : 
Principal, Miss Margaret Trainor, grades 7 and 8 ; Mrs. 
Marion Hickey, grades 5 and 6; Mrs. Priscilla Kostek, 
grades 4 and 5; Mrs. Ruth Nash, grade 3; Mrs. Doris 
Tilley, grade 2; and Miss Mary Crampton, grade 1. 



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The special subject supervisors were Miss Olive 
Healy in music, Mrs. Richard Warren in drawing, and 
Mrs. Elizabeth Koss in penmanship. 

Our teachers are well educated and trained for the 
work they have to do. Each year they take courses in 
education in order to be informed of the latest methods. 
They are interested in thq growth and training of all 
children under their care. This year they have had an- 
other successful year. Their splendid services are sin- 
cerely appreciated. 

Our health department has had another successful 
year. It has been under the direction of Dr. Joseph 
Hobbs and Dr. Charles Wheeler as school physicians. 
Dr. Glade P. Hall has been our dentist, and Mrs. Barbara 
Swanda our school nurse. The usual examinations and 
clinics have been held. No epidemics have been reported. 
This department has provided good protection for the 
health of our children during the year. 

Special mention should be made here of the long and 
faithful service of Dr. Charles H. Wheeler who has been 
school physician for 45 years. The schools and the town 
are grateful for the efficient manner in which he directed 
the health program at the Haydenville School. His fine 
work is deeply appreciated. 

The school department has supported 33 pupils in 
Smith's School where trade training and agriculture are 
available. Smith's School is now changing to a trade high 
school with a four year program. With a few exceptions, 
these pupils are doing good work. Transportation by 
bus ticket is furnished to all who desire it. 

Our janitors have given the usual attention to the 
school buildings. Both boilers had to be repaired, and 
are now in excellent condition. Conversion to oil burn- 
ing equipment has been postponed. The supervision of 



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buildings and the good work rendered by these men is 
sincerely appreciated. 

The bus routes on which children have been trans- 
ported are as follows: the North District, the Chester- 
field Road and Searsville District, Haydenville and 
Mountain Street, South Street and Nash District. Tickets 
on the street railway buses are provided for 33 Smith's 
School students. One hundred and seventy-two elemen- 
tary and high school pupils were carried safely during 
the year. TTTese local buses cover 75.6 miles per day. 
Commendation is extended to these operators for the safe 
and efficient transportation provided. 

The preservation of the ideals of our government, of 
freedom under law, and our democratic way of life de- 
pends more and more on the work of our schools. The op- 
portunity for free education through the high school has 
become the accepted goal for all of the children of all of 
the people. This is the greatest undertaking of any nation 
on earth. Our hope lies in its success. May we all, dur- 
ing the coming year, work together toward the success of 
this ideal. 

To principals, teachers, janitors, and all others, I 
wish to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation for 
the fine way in which the business of the school was car- 
ried on during my illness. 

I wish to extend my thanks to the Members of the 
School Committee for their cooperation and help during 
1954. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LUCIUS A. MERRITT 
Superintendent of Schools 



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School Nurse 



Mr. L. A. Merritt 
Superintendent of Schools 
Williamsburg, Mass. 

Dear Mr. Merritt : 

The annual report of the school nurse is herewith 
submitted for January 1, 1954 through December 31, 
1954: 

Dr. Hobbs was assisted with physical examinations 
of all pupils in Williamsburg. No defects were found. 

Dr. Wheeler was assisted with physical examina- 
tions of all pupils in Haydenville. No defects were found. 

Four pupils were taken to the County Sanitorium in 
Leeds to be X-rayed. 

Four girls and one boy were sent to Camp Hodgkins 
from Haydenville. Much physical improvement was 
noticed. 

All children were weighed and measured. 

At each school visit, a conference was held with each 
teacher. 

Miss Sullivan, State Nursing Supervisor, from Am- 
herst has visited me several times. Her suggestions were 
most helpful. 

Mrs. Foster has started a daily attendance book 
which has been most helpful in finding which child is ab- 
sent and how many times. 



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Most of the illness of the children seems to be the 
common cold with severe coughs. 

One case of mumps has been reported. 

Many conferences were held with Miss Harris of the 
S.P.C.C. 

There has been a great improvement in the lunches 
this year. 

Several children were treated for minor cuts and 
bruises caused by falling. 

One pupil was X-rayed at the hospital and treated 
for a fractured foot recevied on the way to school. 

All the children were tested for hearing defects with 
the audiometer. Several retests were done and these 
children finally passed the test. 

Dr. Glade Hall, the school dentist, completed 145 
treatments in Williamsburg and 138 treatments in Hay- 
denville. 

Most of the pupils have been vision tested and sev- 
eral defects have been corrected. 

Classroom inspection has been done and several 
children were given slips to take home because of dirty 
heads. 

Sanitary inspection was done and found to be in 
good condition. 

Many home visits were made and most parents were 
found cooperative. 

In November, I spent one day at the University of 
Massachusetts learning about the change of glasses in 
the vision machine. The glasses or our new machine had 
to be taken to Northampton to an optometrist to be 
checked. This was done and they were found to be the 
required strength. 



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I wish to express my thanks to the Rotary Club for 
their purchase of this much needed vision machine, also 
to Mr. Merritt, all teachers, and Miss Harris for their 
cooperation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Barbara W. Swanda, R.N. 
School Nurse 



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